Samsung aware that firmware bricks unit, but doesn't post this
Steve H, Amazon
1 August 2012
Summary: We bought and enjoyed using this player back when the price was $350 or so (2008)? It played standard, Hi Dev and first generation blu-ray DVDs with no problem. Yes, it was agonizingly slow to power up, load and remote through settings, but it played everything we through at it.
Summary: I can only complain so much, because I paid all of $130 for this on a Best Buy closeout. However, despite firmware updates, the machine will not play Blu-rays by 20th Century Fox; nor would it play "Zohan," from Sony. Also, lip-syncing problems are common on other Blu-ray discs.
Summary: There is no reason to buy a blu ray player at this time! Blu ray is taking a leap forward soon and you will have to buy a new one all over again. BD 2.0 will be all around better, and you might as well just buy a ps3 if you're going to spend this much money to play blu ray.
Summary: This player worked great when I first got it, however, the latest blu-ray dvd's will not play! Pirates of the Caribean, 3:10 to Yuma, and any other new disk. The new firmware upgrade didn't help at all. I suggest buying a PS3. Stay away from this player!
Incompetent service, horrible firmware upgrade process
L. Mellon, Amazon
2 February 2008
Summary: Incompatible with some newer blu-ray discs: firmware 'upgrade' lost sound and visual quality for all dvds, with no way to revert to the earlier firmware. Samsung support is very, very poor on this: they said we'd have to phone every few weeks until their engineers released a new patch, and we could...
Summary: This was a big mistake. As soon as I updated the firmware the thing stopped working properly. Customer support shipped an update to overwrite the original update but continuing big problems: - After a pause, the audio and video are out of synch. - Refuses to load the menus on some disks.
Summary: HDMI compatibility issues! Samsung's HDMI plasma 2006 & 2007 have major issues. Samsung said their HDMI won't play Toshiba upconverts. They play fine on their component circuits. However, their own BDP1200 would not play on 4-different units from Best Buy which played perfectly on the above Sony &...
Pros: Great picture when it works on HDMI & Component. It works great on Component. Lots of hook-ups for audio for plasmas.
Cons: Bugs! Sound or Video can cut out & you have to disconnect the wires. HDMI quirks: It hates Samsung HPS5053 & HPT-5054 HDMI circuits. Runs fine on Sony KE42M1& Hitachi P50H401.